Bowman News 23rd Edition

January 25, 2019

In the Classroom with Corduck

Within our school, classroom teachers partner with each other at different grade levels. Throughout the year the get together and engage in a variety of activities - reading books together with a designated “book buddy”, creating seasonal themed arts and crafts projects, or extending learning through content specific challenges which may otherwise be difficult for younger students in particular to access. A few weeks ago, 2nd and 5th grade classroom buddy’s met to tackle a “toothpick challenge” using engineering and design principles. Students were asked, “What is the tallest free standing structure you can build using 20 toothpicks and 20 styrofoam pieces?” and “Using the same pieces, what is the strongest structure you can build?” In their mixed grade level teams, the children had lots of fun “playing” with the pieces; while trying to achieve the goals. Check out the photos of some of the structures they created!


Housekeeping

PARKING, BUSES, ART ROOM HELP & MUSIC CONCERT

Please refrain from parking in the spot designated as handicapped opposite the main entrance. If you do not have a placard, you may not park there even for a “short”, brief period of time.


For families who have students who utilize LPS transportation..please be aware that when weather impacts roads it can delay either the pick up of students from a bus stop or the return of students at the end of the day. When possible, we will notify you if we learn of such a circumstance. We appreciate your understanding and patience.


The art room and Mrs. Goldfarb is looking for three volunteers for next year (2019-2020), to help with photographing and uploading student art work for "Artsonia" our online art gallery for student artwork. This is something that can be done at home with the help of an iPad or phone camera. For the last several years it's been a great program here at Bowman. Bowman's involvement is in danger of ending because without your help, we can't keep it going. Please consider volunteering. Our current volunteer can train you before the school year ends and show you all the in's and out's. If you want to learn more contact Mrs. Goldfarb - igoldfarb@lexingtonma.org


Earlier today, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students were treated to a concert from students who are currently participating in instrument lessons. Thank you instrumental lesson teachers: Ms. Billing-White, Mr. Brainard, Mr. Tracy and Mr. Forman for supporting our students in sharing their music with our school.

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Student Council News

Mark your calendars (Pinterest has lots of fun ideas!)...Thursday, Jan. 31st - School Spirit “Crazy Hair Day.”


PTA NEWS

The PTA Green Team is seeking parent volunteers to help direct students in the proper way to sort their lunch waste. Not only would you be supporting the school, but it’s a great opportunity to see what goes on during lunchtime. Starting Feb 1, we will have two shifts per day that there is lunch as follows:

Shift 1 (Grades 2, 3, 5): 11:30 am - 12:35 pm

Shift 2 (Grades 4, 1, K): 12:40 pm - 1:45 pm

Please check out the Volunteer Schedule spreadsheet and enter your name on the days and shifts that you are interested and able to volunteer, it doesn’t have to be every week, maybe just once or twice a month: http://bit.ly/Bowman-GoGreen. Please be sure to include your email as well. Don’t know anything about composting? Don’t worry! We’ll walk you through the simple process. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let the Green Team know, gogreen@bowmanpta.org.

The PTA sponsored Science Fair is Thursday, February 7th from 7pm to 8pm. We look forward to seeing all the Bowman student scientists present and demonstrate their projects at the Science Fair. Everyone is welcome to attend the Fair even if they are not presenting a project. Please plan to come and support your fellow students!

Science Fair Parent Volunteers needed:

We are in need of 5 parent volunteers to help with Science Fair check-in and to manage an exhibit room during the Science Fair (ie, answer questions and supervise flow of students and visitors). Please email sciencefair@bowmanpta.org if you would like to volunteer or have any questions.


Community News & Upcoming Dates

Thursday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA: Enough As She Is: An empowering evening with Rachel Simmons

Today’s girls have never been more “successful,” but they have never been more unhappy. Too many feel that no matter how hard they try they will never measure up to the “Supergirl” impossible standards of success. With more than two decades of experience and research, ​New York Times​ best-selling author Rachel Simmons offers a clear understanding of this problem facing our girls today and provides actionable advice and tangible strategies for parents and educators so they can best support girls as they navigate the waves of adolescence to live their best, most fulfilling lives. Free and open to the public. Limited number of books available for sale and book signing at the conclusion of the event.

Please contact Betty Ann Killian at ​bkillian@nashobabrooks.org​ with any questions.


Saturday, March 23, 9:30am-2:30pm, Lexington Parent Academy, Lexington’s Community Center 39 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA . Save the date for the “5th Annual Lexington Parent Academy” which is designed to educate and empower parents and caregivers to manage the changing demands of parenting in today’s world. This event is free to the public. A list of presenters will available soon. Please contact Julie Fenn, Assistant Coordinator of PE, Health and Wellness with any questions. jfenn@lexingtonma.org


Saturday, March 23, 7-11pm, Cary Memorial Library Gala

Tickets are now on sale for the Cary Memorial Library Foundation’s Gala for the Library’s 150th anniversary! Early bird prices are $75/ticket until February 1, $100 thereafter. The gala will feature a live band, dancing, drinks & light fare, plus special performances, including by Regie Gibson, Cary Library’s Poet-in-Residence. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.carylibrary.org/foundation


Save the dates:

Jan. 29th - PTA 4th & 5th Grades Family Math Night @ 6:30-8pm

Jan. 30th - Bowman School 5th Grade Chorus Concert 7:30pm (Bowman School gymnasium)

Feb. 7th - Science Fair “FREE” 7-8pm

Feb. 12th - PTA 2nd & 3rd Grades Family Math Night @ 6:30-8:30pm

Feb. 18th-22nd - No School